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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021

Discover new books to read and celebrate diverse authors day with year 8 of Multicultural Children Book Day in 2021.

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#ReadYourWorld 2021: Celebrating Multicultural Children’s Books

I love the way books bring the world into our homes, and Multicultural Children’s Book Day celebrates that fact! It’s also a fantastic day for discovering new diverse books that represent global and multiethnic groups and cultures.

I’ve been co-hosting this event from the very beginning, and I’m thrilled to join again for the 8th year. You can find my previous years here:

2021 Multicultural Children's Books Day

My Review Book for 2021: The Story of the Mongolian Tent House

Book reviews are a big part of celebrating MCBD, because they help all of us discover new viewpoints and stories.

I was very excited to review Story of the Mongolian Tent House this year. I’ve always found these homes fascinating. In the past, I referred to these homes as yurts, but I discovered through this book that Mongolians call this type of home a ger. This is a great example of why we need to read more diverse books!

This book does explain how these homes are built – something else I had always wondered about! But, more importantly, it includes a message about the importance of working together. In the story, 7 sons each end up with a different piece of the ger when their father leaves. They discover that they need to combine their various pieces to recreate the home their father originally helped them build. So they brothers learn to work together, and they also discover that different people bringing different things (or skills, if you want to create an everyday life parallel) makes life better for everyone!

The publisher, Wisdom Tales, specializes in children’s picture books on different religions and stories from around the world.

More Book Reviews to Explore

Here are a few more book review posts that you might enjoy:

Learn More about Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Pragmaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (Audreypress.com)Platinum Sponsors: Language Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ Languages, Author Deedee Cummings and Make A Way MediaGold Sponsors: Barefoot Books, Candlewick Press, Capstone, Hoopoe Books, KidLitTV, Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.Silver Sponsors: Charlotte Riggle, Connecticut Association of School Librarians, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Pack-N-Go GirlsBronze Sponsors: Agatha Rodi and AMELIE is IMPRESSED!, Barnes Brothers Books, Create and Educate Solutions, LLC, Dreambuilt Books, Dyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants Squared, Redfin Real Estate, Snowflake Stories, Star Bright Books, TimTimTom Bilingual Personalized Books, Author Vivian Kirkfield, Wisdom Tales Press, 

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Poster Artist: Nat IwataAuthors: Author Afsaneh Moradian, Author Alva Sachs & Three Wishes Publishing Company, Author Angeliki Stamatopoulou-Pedersen, Author Anna Olswanger, Author Casey Bell , Author Claudine Norden, Author Debbie Dadey, Author Diana Huang & Intrepids, Author Eugenia Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Green Kids Club, Author Gwen Jackson, Author Janet Balletta, Author Josh Funk, Author Julia Inserro, Karter Johnson & Popcorn and Books, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, Author Keila Dawson, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove, Author Mia Wenjen, Michael Genhart, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Natalie Murray, Natalie McDonald-Perkins, Author Natasha Yim, Author Phe Lang and Me On The Page Publishing, Sandra Elaine Scott, Author Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher, Tales of the Five Enchanted Mermaids, Author Theresa Mackiewicz, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Author Toshia Stelivan, Valerie Williams-Sanchez & The Cocoa Kids Collection Books©, Author Vanessa Womack, MBA, Author Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series

MCBD 2021 is Honored to be Supported by our CoHosts and Global CoHosts!

MCBD 2021 is Honored to be Supported by these Media Partners!

Check out MCBD’s Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board!

FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and ParentsHomeschool Diverse Kidlit Booklist & Activity KitFREE Teacher Classroom Activism and Activists KitFREE Teacher Classroom Empathy KitFREE Teacher Classroom Kindness KitFREE Teacher Classroom Physical and Developmental Challenges KitFREE Teacher Classroom Poverty KitGallery of Our Free PostersFREE Diversity Book for Classrooms Program

TWITTER PARTY! Register here!

Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party! This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas. We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. ** Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. See you all very soon on Twitter! Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

More Resources for Celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Link up your book reviews here and use this collection to discover new titles and authors for your home and classroom bookshelves. Share on social media with the hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

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How will you celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day this year? What are your favorite multicultural books that we need to read?

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2 thoughts on “Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021”

  1. Huh, I’d always called them yerts as well. Now I wonder how the two are different, or maybe if it’s one culture calls it yerts and another culture calls it gers.

    1. Yurt is a Turkish origin word, but my understanding is that they do describe the same type of structure. So ger is the original word and the yurt maybe can encompass structures more inspired by gers than actual gers?

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